I was walking to my desk when one of my less fashion-conscious co-workers complimented me on this outfit. She loved the scarf, telling me that “It Pops!” I was pleased!
Especially because this is the first time I’ve worn a scarf when there wasn’t snow on the ground. I have used scarfs when it was really cold, but this one is purely decorative. I’ve shied away because I worry about adding more bulk on my chest, but I think hanging open like this it manages not to do that.
It’s a little difficult to tell in the pictures (blame my imac’s camera fluorescent lights and the institutional beige background), but the top is purple. It is from Kiyonna (size 3) and is identical to the purple print in this post as far as it’s shape.
I am wearing it over a fuscia tank from Avenue (18/20) and with my standard black Coldwater Creek Ponte Knit Trousers (22). Looking really closely at the scarf suggests that navy pants would work as well, since it seems as though the dark suggestions are a little closer to navy than to black.
Shoes ended up being plain black Merrill slingbacks, but I may need to find something in either the purple or fuscia colors.
The scarf came from TJ Maxx; the colors called me from across the store. Well, OK, from the purse section, where I had just decided to try this clutch trend and purchased the one you see in this picture. It is a Cynthia Rowley envelope clutch in Fuscia with Orange edging. I can’t even tell you how excited I was when I put the two together. That was actually the deciding factor on BOTH.
The clutch comes with a chain as well, making it a bit more practical, but frankly it is likely to be a special-occasion bag primarily. It just isn’t big enough in some directions to be a good every-day purse. Wallet, phone, reading glasses (*sigh*), sun glasses and keys pretty much fill it up and make it bulge in odd ways depending on how each of those is shaped. For that reason, this may be the only oversized clutch in my collection. Having said that, if you love it you can pick it up more cheaply than I paid for it on ebay.
I have to admit that this outfit makes me happy. I tend to fall back on black because it’s easy, but I really do love these types of bright, bold colors. They make me happy. I need to focus on color more than I have been.
One last thought: I am going for a haircut tomorrow. If you have ideas, I would love to hear about it!